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Linking Land and Ocean - Managing Agriculture to Protect Australia's Great Barrier Reef

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Seminar
20 May 2011, 11.30am
at Zoology Lecture Theatre, University of Aberdeen
for scientists, students and the general public
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IBES and ACES are delighted that Prof Iain Gordon, Chief Executive of the James Hutton Institute will be giving a seminar on Friday 20th May at 1130 in the Zoology Lecture Theatre.

Iain returned to Scotland to take up the post of Chief Executive at The James Hutton Institute after eight years working with CSIRO - the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation - in Canberra. CSIRO is the national government body for scientific research in Australia.

With increases in sea surface temperature and ocean acidification associated with climate change Australia's Great Barrier Reef (GBR) is likely to face increased challenges to its diversity and integrity.  Globally we need to increase efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions but as far as Australia is concerned the most effective action that can be taken locally is to reduce the pressure on the reef from land-based pollutants that flow out of the rivers into the GBR lagoon.  The primary pollutants leaving the land are nutrients (N&P), sediments and pest/herbicides.  The Federal and State Governments have recently implemented new funding and policy initiatives (e.g. ReefRescue), based on by good science, to encourage the agricultural sector to change management to reduce the amount of pollutants leaving farms and protect the reef in the face of climate change.

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The James Hutton Research Institute is the result of the merger in April 2011 of MLURI and SCRI. This merger formed a new powerhouse for research into food, land use, and climate change.